10-man Saints move out of rel­e­ga­tion zone

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- Ten- man Southamp­ton pro­duced a fine sec­ond-half rear­guard dis­play to beat Le­ices­ter City 2-1 and move out of the Premier League's rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Nam­palys Mendy's clumsy foul on Shane Long al­lowed James WardProwse to drill home the opener from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, end­ing a run of four league vis­its to the King Power Sta­dium with­out a goal four Southamp­ton.

Yan Valery was sent off shortly be­fore Long dou­ble the lead in firsthalf in­jury-time, but a much-im­proved Le­ices­ter halved the ar­rears through Wil­fred Ndidi just be­fore the hour.

Ralph Hasen­huttl's side faced re­lent­less pres­sure from thereon in, but Southamp­ton held firm for a cru­cial three points – their first away top-flight win at Le­ices­ter since 2001 – that lifted them out of the bot­tom three.

Le­ices­ter, dumped out of the FA Cup by fourth-tier New­port County last week, re­main sev­enth.

Stu­art Arm­strong had threat­ened twice by the time Ward-Prowse thumped a penalty high and left of Kasper Sch­me­ichel af­ter Mendy reck­lessly dragged Long to ground.

Le­ices­ter were all at sea but nearly lev­elled when James Mad­di­son's free-kick fell for Wes Morgan, who was de­nied on t he l i ne by Jan Bednarek.

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